Nothing beats the taste of fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. Produce is easy to get at any of the many u-pick berries, orchards and farms in Kansas City. Pick-your-own farms are also a great way to give kids a hands-on education of where food comes from.
Locally the harvest season begins in the spring with many vegetables, continues through summer with strawberries, blueberries and peaches and then goes from Labor Day and through the fall with apples and pumpkins. It seems there is always some kind of fresh produce to pick in Kansas City.
U-pick farms are allowed to operate, as they’re classified as food providers, an essential business. The CDC has put together some information on best practices for farm managers of U-Pick farms, although it seems a little bit outdated already, as far as the use of face coverings.
We’ve compiled a list of several locations around the metro to help make your u-pick adventure easier. We haven’t listed hours because they can vary so much, especially for those that offer a wide variety of u-pick produce.
Farming and the weather are two things that are unpredictable in Kansas City. You’ll want to call and confirm on conditions and crop availability before you head out to pick. Don’t just assume raspberries are ripe and plentiful or the apple orchard is open anytime. In some cases, certain locally grown produce is sold at the farm, but not as a u-pick item.
Here’s a harvest calendar from the University of Missouri Extension office that shows approximate harvest times for many fruits and vegetables.
Have fun in the fields.
You may also be interested in our list of Kansas City Farmers Markets.
U-Pick Berries, Orchards and Farms in Kansas
UPDATE: Due to public health concerns, everyone needs to wash their hands before entering the patch and keep a six foot distance while picking or in line.
Berry Hill U-Pick Farm
5840 SE Croco RD
66409 Berryton, KS
- Strawberries – not offered for 2020
- Sweet corn
Cider Hill Family Orchard
3341 N 139th St.
Kansas City, KS 66109
- Apples: July-November
- Asparagus: April-May
- Blackberries: July-August
- Raspberries: July-August
The orchard offers tasty treats for purchase like kettle corn, apple cider slushes, apple crisp donuts, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, fishing pond and gift shop.
Cy &Dee’s Blackberry & Tomatoes
28615 Rockville Rd
66053 Louisburg, KS
7195 W 327th St.
Louisburg, KS 66053
UPDATE: As of May 15, the strawberries were not quite ready for picking. Stay tuned for updates.
Gieringers Family Orchard & Berry Farm
39345 W 183rd St.
Edgerton, KS 66021
- Strawberries: May
- Blueberries: June
- Blackberries: Mid June-July
- Peaches: Late June – August
- Sweet Corn: Late June – August
- Sunflowers: Late September
- Pumpkins: October
A field access pass is required to enter the picking areas. This includes a tractor pulled wagon ride to the picking fields, use of the kids’ playing area and shaded sitting areas. They also offer an on-site farmers market with already picked produce from their fields, as well as a few items from local businesses.
UPDATE: As of June 8, Gieringers is done with u-pick strawberries for the season. They may have some pre-picked berries available for curbside pick up.
Happy Valley Farm
29090 West 95th Street
De Soto, KS 66018
- Blueberries – Usually starting mid to late June, and are picked for three weeks or more
- Blackberries – Late July we start seeing ripe blackberries – and they are picked for all of August
- Bush Cherries – June, usually coincides with blueberry picking
- Gooseberries – June and July
- Grapes – August and September
- Apples – U-pick apples are not offered but they do sell fresh, pre-picked apples and you can press your own cider
- from mid-September through the end of October.
- Honey – available year-round
You are required to make a picking appointment for any u-pick crop. You can just stop by for already picked produce, to buy honey, browse the nursery or visit the mini horses.
Lawson Brothers Farm
1862 N 700th Rd
Baldwin City, KS
94th and, Ridgeview Road
Lenexa, KS 66220
UPDATE: Days and times are determined based on weather and how many berries are ripe. Check the status on their Facebook page. There’s no entry fee. Berries are $3.50/lb., cash only. Containers are provided.
Oregon Trail Farm
19022 Santa Fe Trail
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Honey and farm fresh eggs are also offered for sale. Got bees? Oregon Trail Farm offers free hive or swarm relocation services.
Schwinn Produce Farm
17624 Santa Fe Trail
Crops: large variety including
- Strawberries – not offering strawberries in 2020
Only certain items are u-pick, but they sell a variety of their produce at the Leavenworth Farmer’s Market.
16905 W 311th St.
Paola, KS 66071
Wagon Wheel Orchard
15380 Edgerton Road
Gardner, KS 66030
1831 N 1100 RD
Lawrence, KS 66057
UPDATE: Wohletz is offering u-pick strawberries, but limiting the number of people allowed in their fields at one time so you must schedule a picking time. No appointment = no picking. They have a helpful video on their Facebook page that explains how the appointments work. The weather determines if berries are available so sign up for email alerts or check their Facebook page. Cash and check only. Debit and credit cards are not accepted. They provided picking boxes.
U-Pick Berries, Orchards and Farms in Missouri
10455 State Hwy N
Platte City, MO 64079
The Berry Patch
22509 S State Line Road
Cleveland, MO 64734
The Berry Patch also offers a kid’s area with a haybale maze, picnic area, in-house bakery and country store with an assortment of jams, jellies, honey and kitchen gadgets for sale.
27610 E Wyatt Road
Blue Springs, MO
- Black raspberries
- Red raspberries
- Goji berries
- Bush cherries
- Aronia berries (chokeberries)
Besides being a u-pick farm with an amazing variety of crops, Colonial Gardens has a traditional garden center, nursery and market with locally made goods.
Cary’s U-Pick Farm
21703 NE 148th St
Kearney, MO 64060
- Assorted vegetables (corn, tomatoes, spinach)
Duncan’s Berry Farm
908 County Road F
Smithville, MO 64089
9133 County Farm Rd
Lexington, MO 64067
They also offer a fully stocked farmers market with local vegetables, meats and gourmet food products. Wine tasting room on site.
UPDATE: As of May 15, Fahrmeier Farm have a few pre-pick berries, but anticipate opening for u-pick the week of May 18.
John & Linda’s U-Pick Fruit and Berry Farm
2428 Texas Prairie Rd
Bates City, MO 64011
- Assorted produce (beets, cabbage, green beans, onions, tomatoes, etc.)
The farm only accepts cash or check, no debit or credit cards.
Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins
17701 Holmes Road
Belton, MO 64012
- Pumpkins, gourds and squash
In addition to u-pick produce, Johnson Farms offers a corn maze, play area for kids, concessions and a variety of events and activities by season.
UPDATE: Due to current events, Johnson Farms is not opening its garden center this sprint. They will come back this fall for a season of apples, mums and pumpkins.
Peter’s Orchard and Market
32615 Highway 65 South
Waverly, MO 64096
Spanish Garden Berry Farm
8740 92 Hwy.
Platte City, MO 64079
- Aronia berries
- Various produce including watermelon, crenshaw melons, green beans, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, kale and peppers
UPDATE: The Spanish Berry Farm should be open in early June, but it was unclear if they would offer strawberries. Stay tuned.
2570 E. 215th
Cleveland MO 64734
Weston Orchard & Vineyard
18545 Co Rd H
Weston, MO 64098
- Strawberries: May
- Tart cherries: June
- Peaches: July & August
- Blackberries: July & August
- Apples: August-November (12 varieties)
- Pumpkins: October
Weston Orchard and Vineyard has a variety of attractions for the whole family to enjoy including hayrack rides, zip lines, a pumpkin patch, play area, corn maze, in-house bakery and concessions, shopping (jams, jellies, pickles, sauces, etc.) and wine tasting.
UPDATE: As of May 15, Weston Orchard & Vineyard has u-pick strawberries available on a first-come basis. Their Facebook page states they are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to berries, they offer slushies and donuts.
Weston Red Barn Farm
16300 Wilkerson Road
Weston, MO 64098
Red Barn Farm offers visitors the opportunity to experience a real working farmstead. They offer school tours, a country store, bonfire and hayride events and a fall festival.